Caribbean Yacht Charter Guide
Charter a luxury yacht in the Caribbean and experience the legendary charm and tranquility of these irresistible tropical islands
Embark on a Caribbean yacht charter and discover sparkling turquoise waters, sweeping sandy beaches and a blissfully laid-back lifestyle. Just whispering the word “Caribbean” puts one in mind of lilting accents, smiling faces, palm trees and soft beaches lapped by sparkling blue waters. Discover the archipelago's continuous arc of islands from the Grenadines in the south to the stunning Leeward Islands, including St. Kitts, and the Virgin Islands in the north. Alternatively, there are a fine selection of yachts located in the Turks and Caicos or the crystal-clear waters of The Bahamas. Whichever Caribbean idyll you choose, these cruising grounds provide a haven for waterborne travelers.
Awaken even the dullest of senses with a Caribbean yacht charter. From their color, warmth and easy charm, the islands of the Caribbean are a mélange of the vibrant cultures that have washed over their shores for centuries. Dutch, French, British, Spanish and North American influences abound, making the islands truly cosmopolitan. Covering a vast area, they offer countless cruising possibilities.
From the alluring Virgin Islands to St. Kitts in the Leeward Islands, the sand-fringed Grenadines or the Turks and Caicos, there are hundreds of islands offering dramatic scenery, fantastic watersports, world-class cuisine, fascinating history and welcoming locals.
Alternatively, the dazzling sands of The Bahamas invite total relaxation year-round. A playground for superyachts for many years, the 700 islands and cays are best explored from the water.
Whether you are looking to welcome in the New Year in St. Barths or to rejuvenate in the Exumas, the warm temperatures and steady tradewinds make these varied tropical islands a hotspot for both motor and sailing yachts. Your Northrop & Johnson charter expert will be able to recommend the best itinerary for your preferred activities and help find the perfect yacht.
The best time to visit the Caribbean is during the North American winter, from December through March when the weather is temperate, more yachts are in the area and the on-shore amenities are available. If you do choose to cruise off-season, you’ll find the islands to be less busy, allowing you to visit hot spots without any crowds.
Destinations in The Caribbean
A hidden jewel among the archipelago of Leeward Islands in the Caribbean, St. Kitts hits the sweet spot in terms of location and facilities for the yachting set. The island is perfectly positioned for a relaxing few days ashore during a cruise through the Leeward Island chain. Alternatively, combining St. Kitts, and the neighbouring island of Nevis, in one itinerary offers a laid-back Caribbean experience that cannot be found on many of the surrounding islands.
With some 700 islands and uninhabited cays lying just 50 miles south of Florida, the cruising possibilities for The Bahamas archipelago are blissfully endless. The best way to discover these isles is with a Bahamas yacht charter.
British Virgin Islands
The quintessential British Virgin Islands yacht charter includes coral reefs, stunning beaches, incredible land-based activities and natural wonders. With a balmy climate, steady easterly trade winds and an abundance of sheltered anchorages in the Caribbean, the British Virgin Islands were made for the waterborne.
US Virgin Islands
Miles of sparkling, sandy beaches, safe waters, unparalleled dive sites and a constant gentle breeze make a US Virgin Islands yacht charter the perfect vacation. From the bustling harbor front of Charlotte Amalie on St Thomas to St. Croix and St. John, and many smaller islets and cays in between, the islands provide some of the most beautiful and well-protected anchorages in the world.
Sprinkled between the volcanic peaks of St. Lucia and Grenada are a trail of palm-studded sandbars, coral reefs and islets known as the Windward Islands. Here you’ll find an abundance of natural beauty, ample dive sites and some of the best fishing grounds in the world.
If you crave a Caribbean idyll with white-sand beaches, lush rainforests, Caribbean charm and a touch of chic luxury, then a Leeward Islands yacht charter is for you. Both ashore and on the water, these islands offer an exotic concoction of modern panache and relaxation.
Experience the island's exceptional beaches - all offering fine white sands and bright turquoise waters. Explore St. Maarten by yacht charter and discover find your secluded, private beach paradise.
Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos may not be a classic Caribbean cruising ground, but its 41 islands offer an abundance of attractions for any luxury yacht charter. While these isles are blessed with more than a touch of luxury, they remain, as yet, unspoiled and are ready to be discovered.
Experience the untapped Caribbean island of St. Lucia onboard a luxury yacht charter and discover UNESCO world heritage sites, pitons, vast forests, scuba diving, snorkeling, and some of the world's finest fishing.
Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao (ABC Islands) are an idyllic island trio that offer the complete, private Caribbean yacht charter experience without many other visitors.
Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago are a colorful pair of sister islands in the Caribbean that are well known for their rich culture of dance, music and celebrations.
Made for the waterborne, the Cayman Islands offer a stunning underwater world and plentiful action ashore. Discover the trio of islands with a Cayman Islands yacht charter through Northrop & Johnson.
Often considered the most charismatic of the Caribbean islands, discover the gem of the Lesser Antilles with a Barbados yacht charter. Enjoying a seductive climate the whole year round, it’s all too easy to settle into the soothing rhythm of Bajan life. From white beaches to a rum-infused party scene, Barbados is a truly iconic destination.
The ruggedly beautiful landscape of Curaçao holds many secret bays and anchorages filled with strikingly intense blue-colored sea, which was the namesake of Curaçao blue liquor. Scenic and lush, enjoy the stunning views during your luxury yacht charter of Curaçao.
Discover the tiny island of Bonaire, with its desert like interior and vibrant underwater world during a Bonaire yacht charter. A diver paradise, the island is surrounded by a coral reef that has been designated a national park. Just a few meters from the shore lie dozens of exceptional diving and snorkeling sites, all of which are easily accessible.